Clown scare in South Carolina affects business for entertainers

Both Fisher and Woody hope people will look beyond the headlines and understand that real clowns would never try to frighten anyone

After several sightings of scary clowns in the Upstate, real clowns worry the news will impact their business.
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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – After several sightings of scary clowns in the Upstate, real clowns worry the news will impact their business.

Carl Woody with Joy Set Entertainment hopes people will look beyond the headlines and understand that real clowns would never try to frighten anyone.

“It does get very frustrating to try to alleviate those fears when they’re constantly being bombarded by it by movies, and now by news reports,” Woody explained. His company even has a “no scare” policy. He has had people call in to make changes after reports of the sightings.

“I’ve had a couple of requests, hey we want a different entertainer instead of a clown at the birthday party coming up,” Woody said.

Dave Fisher used to perform as a clown and as “The Baseball Guy” at the Greenville Drive games.

“It’s very saddening to me that people would take clowns and clowning and turn it in to that kind of perversion,” Fisher explained.

Fisher says it’s frustrating to hear stories of people trying to make clowns into something they’re not.

“If you think about all the kids who are getting, you know their idea of what a clown should be, or what a clown is is something scary or creepy, and that’s not what it is,” Fisher said.

Both Fisher and Woody hope people will look beyond the headlines and understand that real clowns would never try to frighten anyone.

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